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Pitt WR sets touchdown record

Published Sep. 2, 2005

Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald caught a touchdown for the 14th consecutive game Saturday, breaking the NCAA record set last season by Michigan State's Charles Rogers.

Fitzgerald, running alone in the secondary on a halfback option play, caught a 35-yard pass from running back Jawan Walker with 8:13 left in a 24-13 victory over Boston College.

The touchdown was Fitzgerald's 16th in eight games this season, a Big East record. He topped the 1997 mark of 13 set by Pitt's Terry Murphy.

"It's quite an accomplishment," Fitzgerald said. "It's something you really don't think about now, but I will when my career is over."

Fitzgerald, a sophomore, has caught 24 touchdowns during the streak. He also has the NCAA record with 28 in his first two seasons. He needs one TD catch to tie Julius Dawkins' single-season school record of 16, set when Dan Marino threw for 37 touchdowns in 1981.

MORE RECORDS: Mark Bartosic of Division III Susquehanna (Pa.) became the first NCAA receiver to top 1,000 yards in four straight seasons. Bartosic caught nine passes for 132 yards, giving him 1,068 for the season, in a 55-31 loss to Albright. Fort Lewis' (Colo.) Andrew Webb set a Division II record for career passing, reaching 11,227 yards in a 22-15 overtime victory over Western New Mexico. Webb was 16-of-32 for 155 yards and topped the 11,213 of Nebraska-Kearney's Justin Coleman from 1997-2000.

KANSAS: With starter Bill Whittemore out with a shoulder injury, freshman quarterback Adam Barmann, a prized recruit, shed his redshirt to start against Texas A&M. He went 25-of-37 for 294 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a touchdown.

WEST VIRGINIA: Quarterback Rasheed Marshall suffered a concussion midway through the third quarter and did not return. His status is unknown.